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Director, Canative Energy

Raylene Whitford is a Cree-Métis finance professional with a well-established career in the international energy sector.  She is the founder of Canative Energy, a social enterprise that supports the economic development of Indigenous communities impacted by the energy sector.


Raylene's previous leadership positions include leading a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, as well as directing a USD 42 billion capital efficiency project for an energy company in the Middle East.  She also spent several years working with BP’s Commercial Performance Improvement Unit where she advised on cost optimization in Europe and West Africa.


She currently is a member of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Women’s Task Force for Economic Recovery and is a member of the Deputy Minister’s Advisory Committee for International Trade.  She is also on the Board of the Clean Resource Innovation Network.



Raylene is a Chartered Accountant, has an MBA from Aberdeen Business School in the UK. She is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD in Indigenous Studies and Business at the University of Alberta.

Twitter: @CanativeEnergy

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